Al Ain claims Satsuki-sho crown

Ninth favorite Al Ain won the 77th running of the Satsuki-sho on Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse, covering the 2,000-meter course in a record 1 minute, 57.8 seconds. Jockey Kohei Matsuyama secured his first Grade 1 win in his nine-year career, steering Al Ain behind the leading pack before sneaking past ...

Satono Diamond edges Kitasan Black to win Arima Kinen

/ Dec 25, 2016

Satono Diamond edges Kitasan Black to win Arima Kinen

Three-year-old favorite Satono Diamond celebrated a Merry Christmas by tipping Kitasan Black at the wire to win Japan’s season-ending Arima Kinen on Sunday. The Christophe Lemaire-ridden colt beat Japan Cup holder and spring Tenno-sho champion Kitasan Black, the leading vote-getter in the fan-chosen field ...

/ Dec 20, 2016

Paralyzed jockey Tylicki leaves hospital

German jockey Freddy Tylicki, paralyzed in a horrific four horse pile-up almost two months ago, left the hospital on Tuesday. The 30-year-old, who is based in England and had two Group One wins in a breakthrough season in 2016, tweeted it was a red ...

Kitasan Black romps to victory in Japan Cup

/ Nov 27, 2016

Kitasan Black romps to victory in Japan Cup

Kitasan Black cruised to win the Japan Cup, the Yutaka Take-ridden first choice leading from start to finish to capture the nation’s richest race on Sunday. The 4-year-old Kitasan Black went wire-to-wire in 2 minutes, 25.8 seconds over 2,400 meters on firm going at ...

/ Nov 14, 2016

Female jockey Fujita seventh in overseas debut

Nineteen-year-old Nanako Fujita made her overseas debut on Sunday, coming seventh in a field of 15 at a Ladies World Championship race in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Fujita, the Japan Racing Association’s first female jockey in 16 years, steered 6-year-old stallion ...

/ Nov 13, 2016

Queens Ring wins Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Third favorite Queens Ring came from behind to beat long shot Sing with Joy down the final stretch, winning by a neck to claim her first Grade One victory at the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Sunday. Queens Ring waited to break free from ...

Maurice crushes field to win Tenno-sho

/ Oct 30, 2016

Maurice crushes field to win Tenno-sho

Maurice was dominant even at 2,000 meters as Japan’s reigning horse of the year won the fall Tenno-sho for his fifth Grade 1 title on Sunday. The favorite, ridden by Ryan Moore, came home on the outside down the 500-meter straight at Tokyo Racecourse, ...